Ryszard Krolikowski became a glider pilot 44 years ago in Poland.
Ryszard flew out of a northern Poland glider club in Slupsk. In 1989, he and his family moved to the USA.
Ryszard flew his first Regional Contest 16 years ago in Dansville, NY, and won the event. He went on to accumulate ten National Contest medals.
His major accomplishments include a 6th place at the 2006 Pre-Worlds in Slovakia and first at the 2009 inaugural Club Class Nationals, flying a Jantar Std 2. Ryszard was 4th at the first Pan-Am Championship held in TN, 2015.
For most of the last three race seasons, the team of Simmons and Krolikowski has been successfully campaigning an Arcus M with good finishes including a 2nd at the 2016 Uvalde Sports Class Nationals.
He is an active member of Aero Club Albatross out of Blairstown, NJ.
When Ryszard can get time away from his Petroleum Equipment Engineering Co. and there is not a race, he loves soaring long OLC cross country flights in his SZD-55 with many of them over 1000K. He
genuinely appreciates this opportunity to go to his second Pan-Am and
represent the USA.
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